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Lyons and m3architecture design UQ Sustainable Futures Building

Aug 17, 2016
  • Article by Online Editor

Renders courtesy Lyons and m3architecture.

Lyons and m3architecture have won a competition to design the Sustainable Futures Building at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus.

The new building will house the School of Chemical Engineering and is designed at a leadership level for energy and water use. Its distinctive glass skin provides a highly energy-efficient façade, while energy intensive research areas are offset by expanded renewable energy photovoltaics on the roof.

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The idea for the exterior of the building is the confluence between chemical engineering and the campus itself – a campus with stoic sandstone origins becoming increasingly glass with each new building addition. This evolution is due to advances in technology involving the work of chemical engineers, amongst others.

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The design concept creates a physical environment and identity that reinforces the school’s distinctive strengths and culture – outwardly open and transparent, and inwardly intense and focused; based on open and collaborative relationships.

The project features open connecting stairs, shared collaborative spaces, and blurred and overlapping boundaries between learning, research and industry.

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